Deb and Tom Nicholls
Deb and Tom Nicholls
2024-04-16
Kara, Gracie and Becky were great to work with during our home search. It was a long process and they were both patient and gracious with us from beginning to end. If you are in the market to purchase or sell your home, we would highly recommend City of Trees Real Estate.
Louis Spiker
Louis Spiker
2024-04-14
We recently had the pleasure of working with Renee Faught as my realtor, and I cannot praise her enough for the outstanding service she provided throughout the entire home-buying process. Renee took the time to understand our needs and preferences truly, and she was dedicated to finding us the perfect home that checked off all the boxes on our wishlist. Her attention to detail and expertise in the real estate market were invaluable in helping us navigate through the various listings and make informed decisions. What truly sets Renee apart is her exceptional communication skills and responsiveness. She was always available to answer any questions, provide updates on new listings, and guide us through each step of the home-buying process. Her proactive approach and willingness to go above and beyond for her clients made the entire experience seamless and stress-free. Thanks to Renee's expertise and guidance, we found the perfect home that exceeded our expectations. I cannot recommend Renee highly enough to anyone in search of a dedicated, reliable, and knowledgeable realtor. If you're looking for a real estate professional who truly cares about finding you the perfect home, look no further than Renee. Thank you, Renee, for helping us find our dream home!
LeeAnn Rossi
LeeAnn Rossi
2024-04-10
Tara and her team did an outstanding job helping us Selling our home!
Dennis Lanham
Dennis Lanham
2024-04-04
very easy and very professional.
Dan Zimmerman
Dan Zimmerman
2024-04-02
Francesca is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend using Francesca if you are in need of real estate services.
Meghan Yenney
Meghan Yenney
2024-04-02
Thank you to Victoria and team for helping us through buying our new home and selling our previous home! Our experience was great and so much less stressful because of them. Highly recommend!
Teena Nash
Teena Nash
2024-03-21
I can't say enough good about working with Lucas O'Neill. He is very knowledgeable and professional in his work with my elderly parent. He soldiered through a very difficult transaction with two clients that couldn't coordinate, had a rocky divorce sale, court orders, difficult title company to work with and yet he remained positive through the entire experience. I'm impressed with his ability to problem solve with all the issues we had between the two clients, two attorneys, and the inspections and repairs. The one client was really difficult to coordinate with, wouldn't provide keys or use a lockbox, locked the inspector out and yet Lucas was so good about dealing with all the crazy that was going on and still making the sale go through on the closing date. I really don't know any other agent that would have stuck around to finish the deal, and through the holidays to boot. Lucas is a keeper, and just such a good solid guy! Bravo for a job well done!
Blake Mckernan
Blake Mckernan
2024-03-19
City of Trees Real Estate has an amazing team that made our big move painless and easy! They were all very responsive on top of each step and very informative when needed. Cant thank them enough for getting us into our dream home!
Blakely Frechette
Blakely Frechette
2024-03-18
Francesca exceeded my expectations as a real estate agent. From the moment I expressed interest, she was prompt in her responses and demonstrated a genuine attentiveness to my specific needs throughout the entire home buying journey. Her professionalism and dedication made the process smooth and stress-free. I wholeheartedly recommend Francesca to anyone seeking a reliable and committed agent.

Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood

By: Brent Hanson

The neighborhood you call home has a big impact on your lifestyle.  It will be your home base for the time you live in your home and as such it is important to make sure it will support your lifestyle.  Taking time to get to know the neighborhood will allow you to determine if it will live up to your expectations.

Follow these steps to find the perfect community to call home.

Can you do what you enjoy here?  Is it close to your favorite spots?

Make a list of the activities — recreation, movies, church, etc. — you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’re considering to engage in your most common activities.

Check out the school district. This is especially important if you have children, but it also can affect resale value. The Department of Education in your town can probably provide information on test scores, class size, percentage of students who attend college, and special enrichment programs. If you have school-age children, visit schools in the neighborhoods you’re considering. Also, check out www.schoolmatters.com.

Find out if the neighborhood is safe. Ask the police department for neighborhood crime statistics. Consider not only the number of crimes but also the type — such as burglaries or armed robberies — and the trend of increasing or decreasing crime. Also, is crime centered in only one part of the neighborhood, such as near a retail area?

Determine if the neighborhood is economically stable. Check with your local city economic development office to see if income and property values in the neighborhood are stable or rising. What is the percentage of homes to apartments? Apartments don’t necessarily diminish value, but do mean a more transient population. Do you see vacant businesses or homes that have been for sale for months?

See if you’ll make money. Ask a local REALTOR® or call the local REALTOR® association to get information about price appreciation in the neighborhood. Although past performance is no guarantee of future results, this information may give you a sense of how good of an investment your home will be. A REALTOR® or the government planning agency also may be able to tell you about planned developments or other changes in the neighborhood — like a new school or highway — that might affect value.

Make personal observations. Once you’ve narrowed your focus to two or three neighborhoods, go there and walk around. Are homes tidy and well maintained? Are streets quiet? How does it feel? Pick a warm day if you can and chat with people working or playing outside.

Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine (REALTOR.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.